Zainab Chaudry loves to subvert expectations. She oversees all Maryland operations and acts as spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, but there’s a lot more to her identity than that. Zainab was the first Muslim member of the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and last year she attended President Obama’s first U.S. mosque visit. Zainab also contributes writing to the Huffington Post, Time and other media outlets. A trained pharmacist, Zainab discussed her change in career, feminism, her expectations of President Trump’s administration and staying motivated in her work.
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